By Salvador Rodriguez, LA Times, January 4, 2013, 3:24 p.m.
Google is denying reports online Friday that say the company started blocking Windows Phone users from accessing Google Maps amid tension in its relationship with Microsoft. Nothing has changed with the Google Maps service, the company told The Times. Google Maps simply was never designed to work with the Internet Explorer browser on the Windows Phone, according to Google.
For full text of the article, visit Google Maps is not blocking Windows Phone, Google says – latimes.com.
- Google Admits It Was Deliberately Blocking Windows Phone Users From Google Maps (GOOG) (businessinsider.com)
- Google working on removing Maps redirect for Windows Phone (slashgear.com)
Controversy over a new Microsoft patent has people questioning whether or not the intention has racist undertones, By Tech Talk, CBS News, January 9, 2012
CNET reported that Microsoft has been granted a U.S. patent that will steer pedestrians away from areas that are high in crime. … According to Microsoft’s claims, your Windows 7 smartphone would gather “information related to pedestrian travel include maps (e.g., extracted from a database), user history, weather information, crime statistics, demographic information.”… The part of this patent should raise concern is the section that state a device could be programmed to integrate an “advertisement component” with a set of directions. …
For full text of the article, visit Microsoft “avoid ghetto” patent sparks controversy – Tech Talk – CBS News.
- Microsoft “avoid ghetto” patent sparks controversy (cbsnews.com)
- Microsoft Awarded GPS Patent To Avoid ‘Unsafe’ Neighborhoods (news.dice.com)
- The joy of Microsoft’s ‘avoid ghetto’ GPS patent (news.cnet.com)
- Does ‘unsafe’ translate to ‘ghetto’ in Microsoft GPS patent? (technolog.msnbc.msn.com)
European Environment Agency (EEA) executive director Jacqueline McGlade, PhD, gave a keynote presentation at the 2011 Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California. She described different ways that EEA works to collect data, ensure its quality, and engage citizens in becoming part of the solution. … “EEA wants to get people engaged in the environment,” explained McGlade. “By considering citizen and cultural knowledge, along with Western science, people can contribute in professional, semiprofessional, and amateur ways. Citizen reporting brings people into the mainstream of the environment. Europe’s Shared Environment Information System forces countries to see that they need a system of care. EEA supports via IT, applications, technology, and software, as well as training the population [to become] a large group of people who know what is going on around them. Programs like Earthwatch can take ordinary people into the field and train them to gather data and bring it back in a structured way.” To democratize information, EEA has worked with Microsoft and Esri to create the Eye on Earth platform. This is cloud technology that facilitates interaction. It includes the official data mandated by countries and allows citizens to say what they think. Crowdsourcing is an effective way of validating authoritative data from countries. With enough observations, it is easy to see when stations are not monitoring correctly.
For full text of the article, visit ESRI ArcNews.
The Next IT Revolution?: Cloud Computing Opportunities and Challenges
- Mr. Michael Capellas, Chairman and CEO, Virtual Computing Environment Company
- Dr. Dan Reed, Corporate Vice President, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Corporation
- Mr. Nick Combs, Federal Chief Technology Officer, EMC Corporation
- Dr. David McClure, Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, General Services Administration
Thanks to Kevin Pomfret for passing this one along:
By Robert Strohmeyer, InformationWeek, September 02, 2011 09:15 AM
… Location data ranks among the most personal types of information our devices can reveal about us, with the potential to expose where we work, where live, where we drop our kids off for school. As users, we have a right to protect that data from interlopers, including the companies that supply our mobile devices and services. Here are five basic rights that all users should demand from manufacturers and carriers that offer location-aware devices. …
For full text of the article and the five rights, visit 5 Location-Tracking Rights You Should Demand – Mobility – Smartphones – Informationweek.
- 5 Location-Tracking Rights You Should Demand (informationweek.com)
By Dr. Ignacio Guerrero, Directions Magazine, July 21, 2011
Summary: This two-part article about open source software looks at software licenses, risks related to intellectual property and governance. In part one, author Ignacio Guerrero, IT consultant and former software director at Intergraph and Rolta, examines software licenses and their impact and risk to intellectual property. Part two will look at the elements of open source governance and risk management, and will be published in mid August.